Google has been recently sued by the audio company Sonos for allegedly copying its wireless speaker design, urging the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban Google products like laptops, phones, and speakers.
According to reports in The New York Times, the company has filed two lawsuits covering five patents against Google, claiming that “Google stole its multi-room speaker technology after getting access to it through a 2013 partnership”.
The partnership let Sonos speakers support Google Play Music.
Google, however, (as per the allegations) used patented technology in its now-discontinued Chromecast Audio device but used it in the Google Home lineup of smart speakers and the Pixel phones, according to the lawsuit.
In a statement, the tech giant said: “Google’s technology was developed independently by Google – it was not copied from Sonos. We dispute these claims and will defend them vigorously”.
The CEO of Sonos also informed that Google “subsidised its own products to sell them at a cheaper price while using them to extract more data from buyers”.
“Google is an important partner with whom we have collaborated successfully for years, including bringing the Google Assistant to the Sonos platform last year. However, Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology in creating its audio products,” Sonos CEO Patrick Spence stated.
According to Sonos, starting in 2016 shortly after the first Google Home launched, Sonos began warning Google about patent infringement but to no avail.
Sonos said it accused Google of infringing on a total of 100 patents.